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 (nŏm′ə-thĕt′ĭk) or nom·o·thet·ic·al (-ĭk-əl)
1. Of or relating to lawmaking; legislative.
2. Of or relating to the study or discovery of general laws, as of nature or of human behavior.

[Greek nomothetikos : nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots + thetikos, thetic; see thetic.]

nom·o·thet′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌnɒməˈθɛtɪk) or


1. (Law) giving or enacting laws; legislative
2. (Psychology) psychol of or relating to the search for general laws or traits, esp in personality theory. Compare idiographic
[C17: from Greek nomothetikos, from nomothetēs lawgiver]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nomothetic - relating to or involving the search for abstract universal principles
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
idiographic - relating to or involving the study of individuals
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It is true, in the Case of human Laws and Constitutions a Legislator may be constituted by the Persons, who are to be afterwards (i) obliged by that authority that he himself either wholly, or at least as one of j Community transfers to that Person, as these (k) Persons to whom this Nomothetical Power is thus Transacted; (l) And therefore if we should supose the new erection either of a (m) Kingly or Aristocratical or Democratical Government, by the paction n or stipulation of any Society or Community of Men; by this paction if I am one of that Community I do together with the rest transfer to this Government a Power to oblige me by the Laws which such o Governors shall make.
Also, consistent with the work of Lindsley, Brass, and Thomas (1995), it would be possible to use a more nomothetical approach based on virtuous and vicious spirals.